New survey says more people are less religious - FOX Carolina 21

Survey says more people are less religious

Posted: Updated: Oct 10, 2012 07:35 AM
An Upstate church's steeple and cross. (File/FOX Carolina) An Upstate church's steeple and cross. (File/FOX Carolina)

A new study by the Pew forum on religion and public life shows the number of non-religious Americans has grown by 25 percent just in the past five years.

"I think religion puts a limit on what a person's aspects of what God is supposed to be and that's my own belief," Paul Gambrell said.    

Gambrell said it's putting a limit, while others here in the Upstate have a different opinion.   

"I think that's people's choice to be religious or not. I personally choose not to be because I think religion causes a lot of controversy," Candice Curran said. 

"I am a person that's not religious at all," Carrie Grimard said. 

The Pew study highlights a trend Upstate therapist Roger Rhoades isn't shocked by.  

"There was a day in which religion the way it was set up was an important part of society," Rhoades said.   

The survey found that the amount of unaffiliated religious Americans is growing even faster among younger Americans. Rhoades attributed this to the changes in society since the 1950s because the younger generation is more accepting than in years past.     

Rhoades said questions about religion are no longer the norm, but he does admit many churches are attempting to do whatever possible to attract the younger generation.    

"They're doing a lot to try to be understanding to open different avenues of how people can worship and how they can worship," Rhoades said.  

The survey said 33 million Americans now have no religious affiliation, with 13 million in that group identifying as either atheist or agnostic.  

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